Celebrations of Life
GRIFFIN, Lorna Margaret (NONNIE), Canadian actress, playwright, author, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the age of 85.
Nonnie was a daughter, sister, aunt, mentor and friend to many and Grande Dame of the theatre community. Predeceased by her mother Catherine (Woywitka), father Gilbert, brother John and sisters Mary and Catherine, Nonnie will be fondly remembered by her siblings Bill (Anne), Sandy (Sussi), Tony (Jackie), Pat (Angela), Tita (Paul), and Huffy (Gillie) and her many nieces and nephews (Michele, John, Joe, Jacquie, Catherine, Colleen, Kathy, Jennifer, Brawnwin, Jennifer, Heather, Victor, Dominic and Amelia) and their families.
Nonnie was a force of nature who lived life on her own terms. She studied at the Toronto Conservatory and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, and was highly regarded for her roles on stage, screen and radio across Canada and beyond, including CBC radio, Stratford, Toronto, Edinburgh and Broadway. Her talent was showcased in decades of productions such as Hello Dolly, Anne of Green Gables, Polka Dot Door, The Sea (Best Actress 1977-Toronto Star), Carebears, and Bizarre.
In her later years, she had a creative flowering, publishing her memoir Showbiz and Other Addictions, at age 69, and writing one-woman plays, Sister Annunciata’s Secret, which she took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at age 78, and Marilyn-After, which she performed at the United Solo Festival in New York, at age 81, where it won Best International Show. At the time of her death, she was preparing to perform in two other plays she wrote, The Piper’s Son and Before Scarlett. Nonnie was also proud to receive her 40-year medallion from A.A.
A Celebration of Nonnie’s life will be held at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto) on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Please join us as we sing, perform and recite poetry, in Nonnie’s honour.
A Memorial service will also be held at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Drive, Toronto) on June 27, 2019. (Visitation starting at 10:30 a.m., Service at 12:00, Refreshments to follow).
We hold Nonnie’s dear friends and family in our prayers.
DENNIS, MARGARET A Celebration of Life for Margaret will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Jubilee United Church at 6:30 p.m. with visitation at 6:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
NOVAK, HELEN MADELINE (nee Coombs) Our dear mother passed away peacefully on Thursday February 21,2019 in her 96th year. Predeceased by her husband Frank of 65 years and her 11 brothers and sister. Loving mother to Darlene Hindley (David) and Joan Cavanagh (Larry). Proud Nana to Erin (Chris), Michael(Stephanie), Ryan (Michelle) and Kristen (Court) and 10 great grandchildren. Her many hobbies included gardening, crocheting, cake decorating, dancing and baking and she loved to travel. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Hillsdale Estates and to her special caregiver Elizabeth. A service will be held on Monday March 4 at 11:30 at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive with a reception to follow. Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society, Durham Chapter.
We hold Helen’s family and friends in our hearts and prayers.
LEESON, IRENE EMILY December 29, 1921 – February 12, 2019 Unexpectedly passed away at home at age 97. Beloved wife of the late John F. Leeson. Loving Mom of Catherine. Predeceased by her siblings Jean Van Sickle and Robert Miller. Dear Aunt of Robert Van Sickle (Sharon), Heather St. Peter (Ron), Ken Miller (Joan), and Paul Miller (Donna) and their children and grandchildren. A former teacher, talented seamstress, voracious reader, creative craftsperson and an avid gardener. An active member of Victoria Village and recently Jubilee United Church and the U.C.W. Her beautiful floral arrangements graced the sanctuary of both churches. Funeral will be held at Jubilee United Church [40 Underhill Drive, North York] on Monday, February 18 at 2 pm. Visitation at 1pm and reception to follow after the service. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jubilee United Church, Sunnybrook Hospital: Ophthalmology Department, or Toronto Humane Society.
We hold Cathy and all of Irene’s family and friends in our hearts and in our prayers.
BREMNER, JOYCE ENID (nee BROOKS) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce Enid on Friday, February 8, 2019 at North York General Hospital after a sudden, unexpected illness. Beloved wife to John for 68 years. Caring and loving mother to Karen and Lori and mother-in-law to Michael. She is also survived by her sister Barbara. She will be greatly missed by all. Private service will be held at a later date. For those who wish, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
KLASSEN, AGNES April 25, 1919 – January 25, 2019 Peacefully, in Toronto, in her 100th year. Born in Blumstein, then Russia, of Mennonite heritage, Agnes immigrated with her family to Canada in 1925 and settled in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. She was grateful to the local Red Cross for facilitating free treatment of a childhood bout of polio which impacted her mobility but never slowed her down. Agnes eventually made her way to Toronto and worked for many years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, retiring in 1984. Agnes will be remembered as an intrepid world traveler, diary-keeper, book lover, birder, faithful church-goer and loyal friend to many. She was loved and was a loving soul, devoted to her siblings who all predeceased her: Harry (Doreen), Dietrich, Erica and Margaret. Thanks to staff of the Revera Retirement Residence on The Donway East, to her medical team at Sunnybrook and especially to her personal caregiver Angelica. Agnes is survived by many cousins and by her nieces and nephews Edith Crawford, Regina Lingle, Hank Klassen, Ed Klassen, Robert Klassen, Bill Klassen, Sheila Boswell, Mary Margaret Kristensen, Joan Klassen, Jenny Cameron, Kathy Mowat and George Ross. At Agnes’ request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service will be held at her church Jubilee United, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, on Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross or to Jubilee United Church.
As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Agnes’ life, at Jubilee
on Saturday, February 16th at 1pm
We hold Agnes’ family and many friends in our hearts and in our prayers.
SLEMON, MARGARET JEAN Born at home in Quebec City on March 28, 1925; died peacefully in Don Mills, ON, January 30, 2019. The youngest of four children of Rev. Alexander Dawson Matheson and Gertrude (McCuaig) Matheson, Margaret grew up in in the Chalmers-Wesley United Church Manse on Rue St Ursule in Quebec City – a childhood that precipitated her into a life of deep social connection, and to charity work. Like both her parents and all of her siblings, she attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she studied English literature, and played Ophelia in the Drama Guild’s production of Hamlet. She worked summers as an IODE and YWCA camp counsellor, and after graduation, as a Bell Telephone service representative in Toronto. There, after a tennis-club dance, one guy walked her home and another uninvited, tagged along: that tag-along was her future husband, Gordon Richard Slemon. They married on July 9, 1949, honeymooned in Algonquin Park with a leaking parachute for a tent, and departed two months later for a four-year sojourn in post-war London. Gordon took his PhD in engineering at Imperial College; Margaret taught at the Cuckoo School for the children of destitute families; for holidays they travelled throughout the UK and across western Europe by train and bicycle. In due time, the family grew: Sally (1951) and Stephen (1952) in London; Mark (1955) in Halifax; Jane (1957) in Toronto, where Gordon had taken a faculty position at the University of Toronto. One of the first families to move into the new community of Don Mills, they were founding members of the new Bethesda United Church (later amalgamated into Jubilee United). Margaret was the driving force behind the establishment of a cottage – for many years without power, and without a road – at Twelve Mile Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. In 1963-64, Margaret and Gordon took their family to India for a year, to participate in the establishment of a new engineering college. On return to Canada, Margaret found meaningful work with the Distress Centre in central Toronto, both as an office worker and as a caring listener for people in emotional need. In her retirement years, she returned to university, to take a Masters in English Literature from York University, and thereafter remained an active participant in York’s Living and Learning in Retirement program. She was a gifted knitter, an active bird-watcher, an extraordinary letter writer, an avid downhill skier, and even into her 90s, an accomplished swimmer and sailor. She and Gordon travelled often, and globally. Throughout her 62 years of marriage, and for 7 years after Gordon’s death, she remained brilliantly connected to her family, her community, and her many, many friends. Margaret was predeceased by her brother John R. Matheson of Kingston ON, and her sister Catherine Carty, formerly of Montreal, QC. She will be deeply missed by her older sister Dorothy Parnell of London ON; by her sister-in-law Jean Slemon of Bowmanville, ON; by her children and their partners: Sally Thorne (Mary Adlersberg), Stephen Slemon (Jo-Ann Wallace), Mark Slemon (Jennifer Day Slemon), Jane Slemon (Bob Ennenberg); by her grandchildren and their partners Leah Carey (Ron Swartz), Allie Slemon (Andrea Eadie), Kathleen Slemon (Kyle Marsh), Geoffrey Slemon, Michael Slemon, Douglas Ennenberg, and Megan Ennenberg; by an enormous extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, and by many lifelong friends. Margaret had a genius for empathy, and attachment. Margaret’s family wishes to thank those many friends and acquaintances, including those at the University of Toronto and Jubilee United Church. We also want to thank the excellent caregivers at the Revera Donway Place Retirement Home and Residence in Don Mills, Ontario. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 2PM at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr, North York, ON M3A 2J5. In lieu of flowers, Margaret would have encouraged kindness to those in need through charitable acts of your own choosing.
As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Margaret’s life, at Jubilee on Saturday, February 9th at 2pm
We hold Margie’s family and many friends in our hearts and prayers.
HEARST, DORIS (nee Kindrachuk) April 26, 1924 – January 27, 2019 Doris passed away suddenly at home, as was her wish. Predeceased by her husband Bob in 2015, she will be lovingly remembered by her children, Debbie (Doug Herridge), Charlene, and Robert (Elizabeth Baranyi); her grandchildren, Jason (Rhona), Chantal, and Keith; her sole surviving sister, Olive Genereux; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Born a twin into a large Ukrainian family on a humble farm in Hafford, Saskatchewan, Doris was a woman of remarkable spirit and determination who came to Toronto on her own in her early teens. She was proud of her heritage and loved her family deeply. Doris was a long time employee at Shell Canada and found strength in her faith and church involvement at Victoria Village United, where she was a founding member and a UCW President, and at Jubilee United, where she served on many committees and regularly baked the bread used for communion. Doris loved to entertain and was most happy when preparing memorable meals or dozens of cookies to share or celebrate with family and friends. She will be dearly missed. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5th. Service to be held in Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive on Wednesday, February 6th at 11:00 a.m. If desired, donations may be made in memory of Doris to Jubilee United Church (Toronto M3A 2J5) or a charity of your choice. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Doris’ life, at Jubilee on Wednesday, February 6th at 11am.
We hold Debbie, Charlene, Robert and all of Doris’ friends and family in our hearts and prayers.
GILMOUR, JOHN TRAVERS ‘Jack’ Passed away after a brief illness on January 25, 2019 in his 84th year. Beloved friend and husband of Ruth (née Garrett). Loving dad to Richard (Kristen), Alison (Gary) and Doug (Erin). Adoring Poppa to Bryn, Kyla, Raegan, Lianne, Griffin, Mark, Travers and Garrett. He will be missed by his brother-in-law, Murray (Jane), and his nieces and nephews. Jack became a dentist in 1960 and after two years in public health, he started his own dental practice in Whitby, Ontario. For 37 years, he provided kind, patient- centered care to hundreds of families. In retirement, he and Ruth moved to Minden, Ontario where he enjoyed many hours with his grandchildren on Boshkung Lake. He had a phenomenal garden and enjoyed reading, playing bridge and debating politics. His family is heartbroken at their loss. A service will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York. Visitation prior to service at 1:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following the service. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society, Salvation Army Canada or the charity of your choice.
CRANSTON, JOHN “JACK” ROBERT August 26, 1923 – January 15, 2019 Friends may call at PINE HILLS CEMETERY & FUNERAL CENTRE, 625 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough (north of St. Clair Ave. E., 416-267-8229) for visitation on Monday January 21, 2019 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 at 2pm with visitation 1 hour prior, Rev. Norm Seli presiding. If desired, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation. https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/site/JohnJackRobertCranston.html
We hold his beloved Helen and all of Jack’s family and friends in our hearts and prayers.
RUSE, MARY ELIZABETH (nee LATHAM) November 13, 2018 Peacefully, at the age of 89, predeceased by loving husband A. James (Jim) Ruse. Cherished mother of Cathie (Ted) Ellis and Allan Ruse, devoted grandmother of Jennifer and Scott. Visitation Monday, November 19th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at JERRETT FUNERAL HOME (660 Kennedy Rd., Scarborough). A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, November 20th at 11 a.m. at JUBILEE UNITED CHURCH (40 Underhill Dr., North York). In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.jerrettfuneralhome.com
WESTWOOD, RICHARD “DICK” EDWARDS January 6, 1924 – November 10, 2018 At North York General Hospital on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Dick, beloved husband of the late Lois Wilson; and dearest dad of Anne and Bill, Lynne and the late Brian, and Janet and Marty. “Forever young” grandpa of Jennifer and Christian, Robert, Greig and Justine, Scott and Sarah, Kyle and Leslie, Craig and Julia, Karen and RJ, Fraser and Lissa, Fraser and Caitlin, Allison, and Graham. Proud great-grandfather of 17 great-grandchildren. Much loved uncle of Hugh and Trish, John, Pat, Joan (deceased), Peter (deceased) and Wendy; and dear friend of Eileen Barclay. A Celebration of Life will be held in Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Don Mills on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at the church. If desired, donations would be appreciated to Jubilee United Church, SickKids Foundation, or ALS Canada. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
WILLIAMSON, MEL May 4, 1939 – October 30, 2018 It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of Mel Williamson on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at Toronto General Hospital surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Elizabeth and Lindsay, brother Murray, sisters Marjorie, Lorraine, Betty and Doris. Loving husband of 54 years to Liz; devoted father to Karrie (Sean) O’Flaherty, Kelly (Ken) Sanders, Laurie (Andy) Richardson; loving grandfather to Lukas, Regan, Jack, Madison, Piper, Jane and Peter. A favourite uncle loved by his many nieces and nephews. Mel will be fondly remembered for his love of life and family, his wonderful sense of humour, his passion for fishing, skeet shooting, archery, canoeing and his love of the outdoors. A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, November 23rd, at 11 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Ave., Don Mills. Visitation 10 a.m. The family would like to acknowledge the compassion and care Mel received in the CVICU at Toronto General Hospital with special thanks to Doctor Yau. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by his family.
As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Mel’s life, at Jubilee on Friday, November 23rd at 11am with visitation at 10am and a reception following the service.
We hold Liz, Karrie, Kelly, Laurie and all of Mel’s friends and family in our hearts and prayers.
HOLLANDS, HOWARD Visitation will be held on Monday, November 12 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive (Lawrence E. and DVP). A service of remembrance and celebration will take place on Tuesday, November 13 at 1 p.m. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marjorie and her family and their friends.
FOOT, CHRISTOPHER February 7, 1940-October 10, 2018
With great sadness, the family of Chris Foot announces his passing at the age of 78 on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Sunnybrook Hospital, surrounded by his wife and two daughters. Chris was son of the late Alan and Eldred (Plaxton) Foot. Predeceased by sister Barbara Quinn, and brothers Doug and Gordie. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years Sue (Elizabeth) (nee Lynn), his daughters Erin (Jan Sorhaug) and Angie (Enzo Del Bianco) and his cherished grandchildren Finn, Liv and Lars Sorhaug. Lovingly remembered by brothers-in-law Paul Quinn and William Lynn (Margaret), cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born in Toronto, Chris grew up on Toronto Island where he met his lifelong friend Eric Johnstone (Ellen). He spent summers sailing at the RCYC and winters crashing through the harbour ice on the Ned Hanlon to reach Jarvis Collegiate on the mainland. Chris’ first career was with the Royal Canadian Navy. As a natural explorer and lover of open water, the Navy seemed a beautiful fit. But a Navy vessel is no sailboat and soon Chris learned the meaning of sea-sickness and chose a different path.
After graduating from McMaster University, and a brief stint as an editor at MacLean-Hunter, Chris found his calling in teaching. He captured his elementary school students’ hearts and minds for 30 years with his bottomless imagination and quirky sense of humour, his love of singing and the ukulele and a devout belief that to be a great educator, you need to think outside of the box. With his strong intuition and empathy, Chris connected deeply with his students and colleagues.
As a dynamic storyteller, Chris had his audiences in stitches and unbeknownst to most, the stories were often true! He was gifted with a unique mastery of etymology and an ability to absorb and develop far-ranging interests. He was a magical ukulele player, inspiring students and fellow musicians with his enthusiasm and was a dedicated member of Corktown UkeJam.
Chris and Sue married in 1967 and settled in Richmond Hill for 43 years. They were devoted members of Richmond Hill United Church. Together, Chris and Sue became part of the community sharing wonderful times at the Mill Pond, the theatre and other activities with many dear friends. That was home, before moving recently to mid-town Toronto.
Chris adored his Sweet Susie, wife and apple of his eye of 51 years. And Sweet Susie adored Chris. He will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life service to be held at Jubilee United Church on Saturday, October 20th 2-6 p.m. Service at 2 p.m., reception following. 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CAMH Foundation (mental health), and Doane Uschool (ukulele) supporting accessible musical education for children. www.uschool.ca/support. Condolences welcomed at www.forevermissed.com/chris-foot.
C. STANTON STEVENSON (Stan) August 26, 1931 – September 28, 2018
Stan was the devoted husband of Louise Dawson, father of Geoff (Jan) of Kelowna, Jim of Calgary, Joe of Canmore, Julie of Seattle and David (Alessandra) of Ottawa; and step-father to Scott Dawson of Victoria, Reed Dawson (Sandy) of Toronto. He was the proud grandfather of Jamie and Jessi, Roz and Chase, Jonathan and Kevin, Jimmy and Jasmine and Emma and Dylan. Stan was predeceased by his parents Norma (Cassady) and Carl Stanton Stevenson Sr. and his sister Jean. He is survived by his brother John.
He was educated at Upper Canada College, Princeton University, Trinity College, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall. During school breaks, he worked first at mining camps in British Columbia and Northern Ontario. Later he did summer stints in the reserves of both the American and Canadian Navy. Stan practiced law as a partner or associate of Owen, Dickey Stevenson (Barrie), Ivey and Dowler, Stevenson, Evans and Polishuk (London), Blake Cassels & Graydon (Toronto) and Ontario Hydro (Assistant Secretary). Stan’s specialties were construction, engineering and municipal law. He received his Queen’s Counsel appointment in 1974. He was an enthusiastic instructor in the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course and the University of Waterloo Construction Management Program, as well as the mentor of many articling students who have since distinguished themselves. Over the years, he served as Chair of the London Motor Club, Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, Metropolitan Toronto Boys and Girls Club and was an active member of the Kiwanis Club in several cities. Always civic minded, he was happy to be involved in and to lend his expertise to various local planning and development issues. He was an ardent farmer and cottager and especially adept canoeist but his greatest joy was always his family.
Friends who would wish to raise a toast to a life well-lived are invited to do so October 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Simple Alternative, 275 Lesmill Road, North York. In Stan’s memory, donations may be made to Mood Disorders Association of Ontario or to North York General Hospital Foundation.
We hold in love and prayer, Stan’s wife Louise and all of his family and friends.
WILLIAM HERBERT SMYTH 1935 – 2018 After several years of health challenges, Bill passed away on Saturday, June 30th surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by his loving wife Catherine (nee Sharp), his sons David (Barbara Steed) and Paul (Nanette) as well as grandchildren Mackenzie (Derek Griffioen), Megan, Janet, Michael, Hannah and Cameron. Born and raised in Belfast, N. Ireland, Bill followed his sister Eileen and brother-in-law Stan Cox to Canada in 1952. After several years as a draftsman, he entered OCE and qualified as a technical teacher. Hired by the Scarborough Board of Education in 1962, Bill rapidly advanced and retired in 1994 as a Supervisory Officer. In retirement, he enjoyed getting together with family and friends at the cottage, golf, travel and dinners with friends. Need I add the odd little tipple of Irish in there?
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive with visitation on Sunday, July 22nd 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Monday at 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to Heart and Stroke, Cancer Society, Jubilee United Church or a charity of your choosing.
HIGGINS, MARY ANNA Passed away with peace and grace on June 26th at North York General Hospital in her 82nd year. Survived by her daughters Kelly of Toronto, and Maureen (Kevin) of Georgetown, granddaughter Jayden, and granddog Marley. She is also survived by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom she loved. She was predeceased by Alexander Malcolm Nicholson (father), Marian Nicholson (mother), Ruth Dibbs (sister) and Alexander Nicholson (brother). She was fortunate enough to spend her last few years of life with her partner Ralph Beals.
Mary Anna was born on February 24th, 1937 at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. She went back to Saskatchewan by train at 6 weeks of age with her mother, to be with her family. After high school, she moved to Toronto to pursue studies in Music at the University of Toronto. She became a teacher and settled in North York, both to work and live. At the North York Board of Education, she taught Strings and English. Her last position before retirement was as a Program Consultant of Music. During her working years, she was also the Director of Music at Parkwoods United Church. Throughout her retirement, she enjoyed playing for weddings and church services, both at Parkwoods United Church and Jubilee United Church. Most recently, she brought her passion of music to the residents at her Revera retirement home, where she and Ralph would put on concerts. She will be always remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and whose greatest enthusiasm was music and the gift it gave others.
A memorial service will be held at Jubilee United Church on Friday, July 20th at 1pm. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ingber, Dr. Weisz, and the North York General Hospital chemo clinic for their care and support during her cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Myeloma Canada, or the charity of your choice.
PATERSON, GWENDOLINE MARGARET (GWENDA) (nee FYFE) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gwenda after a fierce four year battle with cancer, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at North York General Hospital with her daughter CJ Mesenchuk (nee Paterson) by her side. She survived to enjoy the birth and first years of her grandchildren Robert (aged 3) and Elizabeth (aged 1). Loving sister of Marilyn Wiebe and remembered by her son-in-law Chris Mesenchuk, niece Michelle Williams (Matt) and nephew Richard Wiebe (Michelle). Gwenda was an accomplished accountant who will be sadly missed by her staff, clients, family and friends both for her stellar work and her considerable baking skills. Family and friends are welcome to attend her funeral on Thursday, July 12th at Jubilee United Church. Visitation is at 12 p.m., service at 1 p.m. Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., North York, ON M3A 2J5, 416-447-6846. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Jubilee United Church and Wheels of Hope.
MANCHUL, Edward Donald P. Eng November 18, 1926 – May 31, 2018. Ed passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in West Park LTC. He was the loving husband of Marion for 68 wonderful years of marriage. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Lee Ann and Lynn, his son-in-law Mike Devlin and his two grandchildren, Eddie and Megan, whom he doted on. He will also be fondly remembered by his sister Irene Murray and brother-in-law Bill Murray and cherished by his many family members and friends. Born in Rivers, Man., Ed graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to become a successful civil engineer, working on infrastructure projects across the country with Public Works Canada. He also attended the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program later in his career. That prepared him to complete his professional life as Director General, Ontario Region with the agency. He was an accomplished golfer and a talented storyteller with a remarkable sense of humour. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Del Manor Wynford, Mosiac Home Care and West Park LTC for their care and compassion.
Friends and family are invited for a Celebration of Life on June 3 from 2-4pm at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre (375 Mount Pleasant Road, east gate entrance). In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice in Ed’s honour would be appreciated. For online condolences, please visit etouch.ca.
There will be no formal service, but instead a gathering of friends as noted above.